Environmental Engineering: what does it mean at OSU?

January 16th, 2007

What is enviromental engineering? I had to look it up myself.

From the environmental engineering website(with some accents by this blog author):

Environmental engineers manage our environment for the benefit of humanity and nature. They provide engineering solutions to problems with our land, air and water resources. In many respects, an environmental engineer is similar to a traditional civil engineer, but with more emphasis on chemistry and environmental processes, and less emphasis in areas such as structures and transportation.

In both public and private practice, environmental engineers work in interdisciplinary teams to manage environmental problems through application of scientific, engineering, and social skills. These include issues of air pollution and control, water supply and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, control of hazardous substances, pollution in surface and groundwaters, public health, and the ecological health of our environment.

Although traditionally a component of civil engineering (and available as an option within civil engineering at OSU), our independent environmental engineering degree program is one of only several in the nation and the only such separate degree program in the Pacific Northwest.The interdisciplinary curriculum provides unique skills for application to environmental problems. Research results developed by our active faculty are fed back directly into the classroom to maintain state-of-the-art training. The environmental engineering graduate program is the largest within the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.

OSU also coordinates the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) which provides students with two seperate paid internships before they graduate. It’s an amazing precursor to entering the workforce w/degree in hand and job experience.

Another interesting fact: OSU is home to a subsurface biosphere institute. If you know what one is, be sure to check out the interview of Mark Nielsen, a Subsurface Biosphere IGERT doctoral student.

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5 responses to “Environmental Engineering: what does it mean at OSU?”

  1. Johanna Bartley says:

    I’m an environmental engineer myself. I was surprised at first to see that not many people know what this job involves. It is time for all human kind to understand thebeneficial of a clean environment.

  2. Roxy says:

    In reply to Johanna’s comment, its the same with civil engineering. Most people i encounter think its all about building bridges.

  3. John says:

    So it means that, enviormental engineering is civil engineering but bit more than that. which includes taking care of the environment when thinking about different solutions. Btw, is the environmental engineering courses in all the countries? atleast its not there in my college

  4. Terrence says:

    It is about time for our engineers and the future engineers to take good care of our environment from now on… May Universities or education institutes still not really focusing in giving exposer about how important to preserve our surroundings…

    The choice in our hands whether to really on frenzy towards developments or be balance in between… I do agree that many engineers still not in the first choice of choosing this field… Unpopular maybe…?

  5. Terrence says:

    I do agree to Johanna Bartley statement, in fact lots of people out there, normal people seems to neglect this issue on how importance of environment and the relationship to our survival.

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